Interviewing and Interrogating Juveniles 

It is the primary purpose of this policy to provide officers with procedures for interviewing and interrogating juveniles that are both legal and consistent with the limitations in maturity and emotional development characteristic of juveniles.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the emotional and developmental differences between adults and juveniles and the implications that this has on the conduct of juvenile interviews in general and interrogations in particular. These differences must be taken into account when an officer conducts an interview or interrogation of a juvenile. Officers shall follow this policy in order to observe the legal rights of juveniles and protect against charges of police coercion or intimidation during interviews and interrogations of juveniles.

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